Ask the expert: Why are porch ceilings often painted blue?

Benjamin Moore color specialist Hannah Yeo explains this Southern tradition
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Blue porch ceiling
Photograph courtesy of Benjamin Moore

We asked Hannah Yeo, Benjamin Moore color and design specialist, to explain why porch ceilings are often painted blue. Her answer: This practice has been a tradition in Southern states for centuries and has now spread across the country. A soft blue hue, often known as “haint blue,” is believed to ward off evil spirits. Others believe it keeps bugs away. Design-wise, blue ceilings match the color of the sky and visually extend the daylight. Benjamin Moore colors that help achieve this look are Palladian Blue HC-144, Arctic Blue 2050-60, Yarmouth Blue HC-150, and Clear Skies 2054-70. Paint the trim Cloud White OC-130 to draw your eyes upward.

Blue paint

Photograph courtesy of Benjamin Moore


Blue paint

This article originally appeared in the Summer issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

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